Stephen C. Foster State Park

 
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» Boating Notice:
› Boating activities may be restricted during low water levels.

» Visitor Notices:
› The park is located 18 miles from Fargo and 50 miles from a major grocery store.
› Visitors should bring all supplies with them and have plenty of gasoline in their vehicle.
› Cell phone service may be unreliable.
› Late arrivals are not allowed due to NWR regulations.

This remote park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp—one of Georgia's seven natural wonders. Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface. Here, paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures make their homes in the 402,000-acre refuge. Stargazers will appreciate the particularly dark sky. 

Same-day reservations are recommended for guided pontoon boat tours of the swamp. Sunset tours may be available. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island. Fishing in the lake is excellent, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Boating is dependent upon water levels.  

Perhaps the most famous inhabitant of the Okefenokee Swamp is the American Alligator. Officials estimate that 12,000 of the country’s largest reptile live within the 402,000-acre refuge. To safely view these creatures, visitors should admire them from a distance and keep hands and feet inside boats. Pets are not allowed in boats, even privately owned vessels.  

Because Stephen C. Foster State Park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing and a $5 refuge fee is charged.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 30.8269500 | W -082.3621000
Located 18 miles northeast of Fargo at the end of Highway 177. Note that GPS directions are often not accurate; consult a highway map.


Address
17515 Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631
Clinch County
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Phone
912-637-5274

Hooked on Fishing
Friday, Aug 26, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Friday, Sep 9, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Fishing in the Okefenokee is always fun and summer is the best time to go. From catfish to brim and everything in between this is the spot to be for fishing. This program will have a ranger teaching children how to fish and informing them on their catch. Bring your own fishing poles and equipment. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Saturdays 6 PM - 8 PM – Aug 27, 2016 until Sep 17, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you out on Billy's lake for a beautiful, Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they roost for the night. Tours dependent upon water levels and weather conditions.  $15 - $20 plus $5 parking. 913-637-5274.
Boardwalk Hike
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Take a guided boardwalk hike on the Trembling Earth Nature Trail. The hike will be a easy 3/4 mile. Along the hike we will discuss the different habitats of the Okefenokee. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Twilight Kayak Paddle
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Kayak the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp with one of our rangers at sunset. Learn about the ecology, history, and wildlife that inhabits this mysterious land. Bring a flashlight (preferably a headlamp).  $15-$10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Swamp Cinema by the Fire
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Gather around a fire with your fellow campers and a ranger and munch on s'mores while the sun sets. Then get ready to sit back and relax while watching vintage nature documentaries. We will talk about what has changed and what has remained the same. S'mores supplies will not be provided by the park. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 4 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 4 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 4 PM to 7 PM
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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there we will dock our boats and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refugee. We will finish our trip by watching the sunset on the paddle back to the park.  $25-$20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Save our Parks and Make Them Beautiful! - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
We will have a park service project for You're State Parks Day. Then we will be discussing why State Parks are so important. We will clean up our park while riding around on bikes, this will be a fun way to exercise and play a part in keeping the Okefenokee beautiful... $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Contacts
John and Karen Stone
229-249-9283